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So my first date with Brazil wasn't a home run, but there were enough things about it I liked that I would definitely ask for a second date!
- I was never able to take any money out from the ATMs while in Brazil so that was my first challenge (of course I did get Reals before I left but they were forgotten on the table …
... used to live in London. The city does have quite a few nice bars, which we frequented, and we also discovered that the late night food of choice for Brazilians is a weird hotdog, that is a huge piece of bread containing a tiny sausage and a lot of small potato chips mixed with peas. One night we also had a barbecue in one of Carolina's friend's flats. And when I say in, I mean inside the flat with all the windows closed. ...
... were R80 and above, which is almost 30 pounds each. Not good for travellers on a budget, and considering that football fans in England get annoyed at having to pay that much, itīs pretty exorbitant for local Brazilians. Cue mostly empty stadiums, apart from a core of die hard fans. Apparently, the price is high as the clubs are trying to pay for renovations made for the world cup to be held here next year. This is a shame as public opinion seems mostly set ...
... after implementing the program, the percentage of the city covered with proper sewer connections rose from 75% to 98%. Hence we went to talk to the secretary of the town hall and learnt a lot more about this program. The following day, the international relations office of the town hall offered to show us around an a housing project that was created through this participatory budget system.
... other side. The river gushed out the dam and down enormous 500-metre long spillways which taper up at the end, so that the white water flows majestically upwards into the air before curving downwards and crashing into the rocks below. Like an anti-waterfall, the awesome power here is not that of nature but is purely man-made, and the surreal sight of the water sweeping upwards at the end of the spillway looks like it should be impossible. The floodgates are seldom opened, only when ...
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